There was little doubt the long-awaited return of the Penn State-Pitt rivalry would mean a raucous atmosphere.
But now it seems the game at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field will also be sold out, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s Jenn Menendez reports.
Pitt AD Scott Barnes just said the school has sold out all tickets for the Pitt-Penn State game.
— Jenn Menendez (@JennMenendez) August 18, 2016
According to Menendez, Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes said Panthers fans bought a majority of the tickets. That doesn’t mean some tickets won’t change hands — or allegiances — until Sept. 10’s noon kick. But no one really knows how the fan situation will break down until the game starts.
DKPittsburghSports.com‘s Lance Lysowski reported that Barnes isn’t concerned about the record number of Pitt’s season ticket sales being due to Penn State fans gobbling up tickets for the sole reason of being assured tickets for the rivalry game.
Here’s Lysowski quoting Barnes:
“This is our house and we don’t mind a donation or two from the Nittany Lions, but our fans stepped up mightily very early in the process. We’re really proud of how they’ve stepped up after one year with Coach Narduzzi and with the trajectory they’ve just jumped on board.”
The Nittany Lions lead the series 50-42-2 all-time, though the Panthers won the last meeting, 12-0 in 2000. That win ended Penn State’s run in the series at seven in a row.